Roman mine at Meurin

Roman mine at Meurin

Kretz

The Roman mine is the biggest Roman underground tuff mining region north of the Alps. Vulcanised ash tuff, a mineral the region around Laacher See has a devastating volcanic eruption to thank for, was ideal for the large-scale building projects of the Roman Empire. Just think what was needed to build Cologne alone! And how laborious the mining would have been for the workers. This is easy to understand on site without having to climb down into cramped tunnels. The ancient mine has been developed for visitors using modern architecture and painstaking didactics, and has been awarded one of the most prestigious European culture prizes, the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award, for its design and presentation, not once but twice.

At Meurin Roman Mine, however, it’s not just about underground mining. The interactive “Antiken Technikwelt” (Antique World of Technology) focuses on the astonishing technical know-how of the Romans – from stone mining to building.

The Roman mine is part of Vulkanpark Osteifel (East Eifel Volcano Park), which also includes Erlebniswelten Grubenfeld (Mining Site Experience World) in Mayen and Römerwarte Katzenberg (a Roman hill fort), all of which are interesting witnesses to an ancient industrial region.

A station on the Roman roads.

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    Römerbergwerk Meurin
    Römerbergwerk
    56630 Kretz
    Phone: (0049) 2632 9875-0

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    Almost 13,000 years ago, glowing clouds from the Laacher See volcano raced down the Brohltal and filled it with loose volcanic masses. This impressive spectacle can still be seen here today. Follow the road on the right behind the building complex and go uphill for a few meters. On the slope to the right, the layers of ash (trass) that have settled on the rocks of the older basement can be clearly seen. And where volcanoes were active, mineral springs are usually not far away.